Are you ready for football? Ready or not, here it comes. Many folks go to cocktail parties on Labor Day weekend. At my age, I do my partying at home and enjoy the football games on television. For those that attend a party away from home, do not drive your automobile if you consumed alcohol while celebration this special holiday.
In U.S. sports, Labor Day marks the beginning of the college and NFL football seasons. NCAA teams usually plays their first games the week before Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day.
The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. In the aftermath of the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the 1894 Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with Labor as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. Cleveland was also concerned that aligning an American labor holiday with existing international May Day celebrations would stir up negative emotions linked to the Haymarket Affair. By the 20th century, all 50 U.S. states have made Labor Day a state holiday.